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A Dedication : )

A Dedication : )
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-60 points (chapter 5), !Horns; big, long or otherwise, Dedications at Trek Nature, Dedications at TrekNature Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-19 1:27
Viewed: 6365
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today marks my one-year anniversary on TrekNature. : )
I dedicate this post to all my friends on TN who have shared beautiful images of their world with me, and taught me everything I know about photography... with great patience and consistent encouragement.
I have a long way to go, so please don't stop!
With humble thanks,

African Yellow-Billed Hornbill
Tockus flavirostris

While the African Yellow-Billed Hornbill is a fairly large bird (average 56 cm), it is one of the smallest in the hornbill family. The Hornbill gets its name from its beak - which is unusually large, generally curved, and often has ridges. The tail of the Hornbill is long and is made up of 10 feathers.

The Hornbill's flight is rather clumsy because of the bird's rounded wings. Hornbills have the ability to skillfully seize swarming termites in flight and pursue grasshoppers on the ground with clumsy leaps.

Hornbills are omnivorous. They feed on insects and plant matter.

Hornbill breeding behavior is quite unique. With the female inside, the male walls-up the entry to their nest. A small hole is left through which the male feeds his family, and the female and the young defecate. The wall of the nest hold is good protection against predators. Female Hornbills lay up to 5 eggs which hatch after a month of incubation.

This picture was taken at the Happy Hollow Zoo in San Jose.


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marvelous shot Manuee,
fantastic details in the head, great pov good colours, very nice to look at, very good job.
gr. jaap

Hello Manyee...
Awesome colours and details in this dynamic composition!
That beak is majestic... DOF is spot on!
Great catch by an expert...
Pablo -

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-03-19 3:52]

Manyee bonjour, very impressive portrait with good sharpness and color. What a big beak!! It looks angry!! TFS, Didier.

Good closeup Manyee. Lovely colours, crisp, clear and sharp. Excellent catchlight. Nice work. :-)

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-03-19 4:32]

Hi manyee,

Congratulations with your TN anniversary,

You posted a nice,sharp and detailed portait of this Hornbill



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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-03-19 4:46]

Hi Manyee,

Interesting bird this hornbill. Have seen hundreds of them during my trips in Africa.
The sharpness is impressing and the yellow of the bill is nice.


Hello Maynee.

This is an excellent picture (and dedication to TN-members). You have been very active (posts and critiques/comments) during your one year membership. You allways write good, informative notes to your posts (which not many do any more and this will due time transform this wonderfull site to a non interesting gallery).

This capture is very special due to the very good sharpness/dof showing a lot of details in the plumage and a well blurred background to set the bird off very nicely. The colours are stunning - I like the darkness in the picture. The handling of light very good and the composition is perfect.

All over a very pleasant picture to look at - I think it would be fantastic as XXL and framed on a wall.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-03-19 7:01]

Excellent portrait Manyee!

Félicitations pour le focus le sujet est net et les couleurs sont parfaitement exposées.

Merci pour l'envoie et bonne journée.


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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-03-19 7:14]

Privet Manyee.
I congratulate on a anniversary. With pleasure has looked yours African Yellow-Billed Hornbill. Magnificent quality allows to consider details of this bird. Thank.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-03-19 7:37]

Hello Manyee,
I must say happy anniversary on TN.
And again a very sharp nice capture and fine colours.

Great Photo manyee,
the colors and details of this photo is awsome the bacg ground , POV, DOF, just excellent, Great work, TFS Kyle

Wow! what a beautiful presentation,and congrats on your one year anniversary....
Great capture...

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-19 9:39]
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Hello my friend

It is a great pleasure to congratulate you with your 1st TN anniversary. You are definitively one of those members who make TN a better place. Your dedication/commitment to this site is praiseworthy.

In the past year you have:
posted 331 photos - average of 0,91 per day,
critiqued 4830 photos - average of 13,23 per day,
earned 6853 points - average of 18,78 per day,
participated in 260 discussions - average of 0,71 per day, and
your 'intro' page was viewed 6292 times - average of 17,24 times per day.

A truly commendable performance. May there still be many more anniversaries to follow this one and I am looking forward to see the next 300+ photos during the year to come.

Your photo is typical of the work you presented during the past year. Excellent, well composed, pin sharp details, perfectly exposed, and good enough to compare with some of the best on this site.
Very well done and TFS.

Hi ManYee,
Has it been a year? My how time flies..
This is an excellent profile portrait to mark the occassion mf..I have appreciated all your input this year, Very well done!

Congratulations Manyee on your 1 year aniversary and topping it off with a fantastic portrait of this beautiful hornbill. :)

Congrates on the one year aniversary especially with the excelent images you have shared with us, I know I may not of critqued many, but that does not mean i have not seen and enjoyed them, thanks Manyee.This image for me is very nice the flash has lite it very well even the hairs under its chin/bill are clearly vissible.
TFS yours Robert

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-19 17:52]

Hello Manyee,
Congratulations on your 1st TN year.
This is a very fine portait shot.
Nice quality,great colours and good detail.
A great shot.


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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-03-19 20:04]

Beautifull shot Manyee!

Focus and exposure couldn't be better. Shallow DOF is great to isolate your subject. And sideview of his head help to maintain sharp focus all over.

Excellent work and TFS.

Hi Manyee,
First, congrats, on your anniversary. You have been a great asset to the site. You post interesting and diverse photos with superb and informative notes. This shot is outstanding!
Great frame filling composition. Colors and detail are excellent. Well done again!

Well who would have thought you could get a picture like that at the Happy Hollow Zoo? The only times I was there I was trying to to keep track of 30 kids and could not even tell you what animals they have there.

Congratulations on your TN anniversary! With 6877 points you have not been sitting on your hands! This is a beautiful image. Well done....again!

Great potrait and congrats for compeleting 1 year.
Excellent Composition, colors ,DOF and good POV
The picture is a masterpiece
Goutham R

I love this bird - will be posting soon some from the Kruger National Park, although nbot as close as yours. Well done, great clarity and colour

Hi Manyee,
congrats for your one-year anniversary on TN.
This beauty is perfect to celebrate with.
The details, composition and POV are very good.
I like the pose and the DOF too.
Great work, my friend.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-20 18:26]

Superb bird shot Manyee, very sharp, well composed and very good exposure. Thanks.


Wow what an excellent shot. The colours, details and sharpness are perfect. I like it. Very well done.

Lovely shot Manyee,
This is a fantastic capture.
Good clear and sharp detail. Good colours, composition and exposure.
Thanks for posting, have a great week. Happy anniversary.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-03-24 19:58]

HI Manyee, good mugshot. These guys are very ugly but have loads of character. Great stuff.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-03-24 20:32]

Une très bonne photo.
Merci ManYee.
Thank you for all and for the beautifull link in particular. I really appreciate your gesture. I am happy to know you.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-03-28 10:44]

Hi manyee,
Interesting bird this hornbill.Great colors,details,BG , POV, DOF, just excellent.
Well done

Hi Manyee

This is a very nice shoot and very sharp.

Hi Manyee,

A very nice sharp capture.


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  • zoso68 (21)
  • [2007-01-30 16:50]

Amazing photo with a nice POV and colours. I really love your photo.

Hello Manyee.

Excellent image, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

Awesome colours and details in this dynamic composition!

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